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Judge backs council’s injunction request and orders householder to pay £24K over unlawful works

A High Court judge has granted an Essex council's application for an injunction linked to a long-running planning dispute with a resident over unlawful works to his home, and has ordered the man to pay the authority's costs of almost £24,000 within 12 months.

Countryside at Gilston (pic: cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Andrew Tatlow - geograph.org.uk/p/2801871)

Consultancy blasts viability case used to justify slashing of affordable housing provision in 10,000-home scheme

The developers behind a 10,000-home scheme in Hertfordshire will benefit from a £130 million windfall after successfully persuading a local authority that they should only provide 23 per cent affordable housing against a 40 per cent requirement, a consultancy has claimed in a damning review of the case.


‘Councillor “supported application from someone he knew” and “put pressure” on officers’

A report that a council probe found that a planning committee member supported an application from someone he knew and put “pressure” on officers to do likewise leads our roundup of today’s planning news in other media.

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Ten key things you need to know from the past week

The ten most important news stories of the past week, including prime minister Rishi Sunak confirming that he is scrapping the northern leg of the HS2 rail link project and promising to invest £36 billion in “hundreds” of transport projects across the country.